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Friday, May 10, 2013

Fun in the Sun!!!

We've had a very busy week! The sun's been out, and my sister and BIL were visiting. (During their stay, they missed TWO snow storms back home in MN!) We headed north to Whistler, BC, for a couple of days, and it was sunny there also, so we did lots of walking.

First, though we stopped to see the  RoozenGaarde tulips near Mount Vernon.  Their gardens were beautiful, but the acres fields of tulips and daffodils in the area were all done blooming.  That white peak is Mount Baker.

These tulips were a sight to see!

These snowy peaks are north of Whistler.

This little gray jay couldn't resist the kettle corn in my hand and sampled it several times before flying off.

Isn't this wood duck beautiful? His mate was nearby but not nearly as colorful.

Nairn Falls is worth the hike!

The dogwood trees and other wildflowers are blooming even though the peaks are still full of snow.

We tried to drive north of Whistler past Pemberton but were turned back because of avalanche control.  If you look carefully or enlarge this photo, you can see the red helicopter that was dropping charges into the snow. The road ahead was blocked by 60 feet of snow thanks to its success.

Heading back wasn't so bad as we got to see Shannon Falls which is off the road on the way to Whistler.  It was fuller than we've ever seen it.

The day after we got home from Whistler, we decided to ride Seattle's newest tourist attraction, the  Great Wheel.  It opened almost a year ago at the end of June.

Looking one way, you could see a ferry and the baseball and football stadiums.

In the other direction  you can see the city and the Space Needle.

We ended our time together with a backyard BBQ with our son and this little guy's family. Catch anyone?  (My sister phoned from the airport after they got back home yesterday with the news that it was 50 degrees and grey.  But at least it wasn't snowing, right?)


Anonymous said...

You post the prettiest pictures!

Love the tulips. SO MANY colors!

Janet said...

Looks like a very nice trip. Beautiful photos!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous photos, especially of the birds.

Merry said...

You always share amazing photos. Love that duck and the tulips are beautiful.

Tanna said...

Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous! What a wonderful time! And, how cute is that Max?!! Wishing you a happy mother's day, Judy! blessings ~ tanna

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tour! What a beautiful area with the gorgeous flowers and waterfalls!

Interesting to see that there is a new attraction in Seattle. What a view!!

Glad you had a nice trip! Now you can enjoy a Happy Mother's Day!

kathy b said...

I would be afraid on that ferris wheel!
I love your images and you had such fun!!!


Very Lovely photos of your Mother's Day Trip. The Mt and flowers and birdlife are beautiful. Hugs Judy

Linda said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time with your sister. Love all the tulips...they are so bright and cheerful...can't believe that bird ate right from your hand! Have a great day!!

Becca said...

Looks like a wonderful time with beautiful weather! Love the photo of the bird. We haven't been on the Great Wheel yet...did you like it? Looks like beautiful views!

Charlene ♥ NC said...

Lovely sights! Beauty abounds... with a little catch thrown in, too! Yes, you're right - no snow!